The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has recently opened its 42nd Theater Season. As part of its Theater Appreciation Program, the company is inviting bloggers to watch its performances for FREE. Since the opening of its new home, the PETA Theater Center, PETA has created a space for experiential learning and the promotion of culture and the arts – opening its doors to various types of audiences: students, theater enthusiast and artists alike.

Joining is easy. Bloggers need to send their names, contact numbers and a link to their sample blog to petampro@yahoo.com.

PETA will choose the top 20 bloggers, which will be notified through email. The lucky bloggers chosen will get a chance to watch PETA’s opening production, Noli at Fili Dekada 2000 (Dos Mil) for FREE. They should then write a review of the play to avail of the season pass. Back stage passes, special house seats and an exclusive interview with the director and cast of PETA’s productions are also up for grabs!

Lined-up for the season are three of PETA’s plays: Noli at Fili Dekada 2000 (Dos Mil), a contemporized adaptation of Rizal’s Noli at Fili written by Nicanor Tiongson and directed by Soxie Topacio (July 17 – August 9 2009); Ismail at Isabel, a play about children’s rights, the celebration of individuality and respect for each one’s race, religion and culture, written by Rody Vera and directed by Maribel Legarda (August 28 – October 4, 2009); BOTO Another Musical, a musical comedy on the Philippine Elections written by award-winning librettist Vince de Jesus together with Liza Magtoto and Anj Heruela and directed by Phil Noble (February 5 – March 7, 2010).

Deadline for applications is on July 26, 2009. For inquiries or more information, contact PETA at 4100821-22 / 725-6244, 0917-8044428, petampro@yahoo.com or visit PETA’s website at http://www.petatheater.com.


PETA’s 40th Anniversary Concert


May 30th sparkled red as the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) members, staff, honored guests and special friends celebrated 40 glorious years with a concert of the most unforgettable songs from some of PETA’s most memorable plays.

The evening opened with the unveiling of the mural at the Theater Center’s ground floor lobby titled Ang Baraha ng Buhay 1967-2007. PETA senior artist-teacher and visual artist Brenda V. Fajardo led fellow artists Noel Cuizon, Iggy Rodriguez, Karen Flores, and Max Santiago in the concept and design celebrating the continuing journey of PETA since 1967. The mural was made possible through the generous support of the Quezon City Government, most especially through Mayor Sonny Belmonte, a friend and supporter of culture and the arts.

The celebration continued as the PETA Chorale and guest artists filled the night with 40 years of making music – songs from Pilipinas Circa 1907, Diablos, 1896, Panata sa Kalayaan, Canuplin, Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat and more.

Highlighting the evening is the launch of the book A Continuing Narrative on Philippine Theater: The Story of PETA. PETA president Cecilia B. Garrucho presented the first complimentary copies of the book to significant personalities that helped shape PETA’s history so far: to Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, the founder of PETA; Dr. Alejandro A. Roces, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees; Mr. Ramon del Rosario, Jr., the incumbent chairman of the Board of Trustees; the family of the late Teodoro “Doroy” Valencia, who helped fund the many projects of PETA during its early years; and to the PETA’s Metropolitan Teen Theater League as represented by Anj Heruela, for PETA has always believed in the youth as the future of our nation.

The product of more than 10 laborious years of research, compiling, writing and editing, the 740 plus page book chronicles PETA’s 40-year journey as a Filipino theater company.

The rest of the evening was wrapped with memories of good beginnings, dramatic journeys, and hard earned success; a reunion of sorts for members from way back 1967, and a step forward for those who have only recently joined the crew. People exchanged stories of their involvement with PETA over cocktails and good wine, reliving the good old PETA days and proud of what it has become now.

It was concluded with a more empowered spirit to spread our advocacy, keeping education through theater alive in the Philippines.

The Story of PETA is now available at a retail price of PhP1,499.00. For inquiries and reservations, visit or call PETA at the PETA Theater Center located at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City, telephone number 7256244 or 4100821. (www.petatheater.com).


[images in this post courtesy of Rhona Ramos. top left, L-R: PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho, Executive Director Beng Cabangon, Founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Mayor Sonny Belmonte, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ramon del Rosario jr. former Executive Director and senior member Soxie Topacio. center right: PETA President Cecilia B. Garrucho and Executive Director Beng Cabangon present Mayor Sonny Belmonte with a copy of The Story Of PETA. Lower left: serenading the audience with memorable PETA musical pieces.]

41st Theater Season



The Philippine Educational Theater Association presents 5 exciting new plays in its 41st Theater Season!



Opening the season in July, Soxie Topacio directs Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL).  The play is set in a small town in the Quezon province where the small town politics and social mores become the backdrop of Rizal’s novels.  Performances are slated for July 18 to August 24, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.



 TOSCA (August 29 and 30, at 2:30pm and 7:30pm) is an adaptation of Puccini’s classic opera piece.  PETA’s interpretation, as directed by Soxie Topacio, is set during the Japanese occupation and Tosca becomes the battle ground of Japanese Imperialism, patriotic love and selfish greed.



Christine Bellen’s MGA KUWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG and BATANG RIZAL are back to back presentations of the Children’s Theater productions for September to October.  Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, directed by Nor Domingo, features three of Severino Reyes’ folktales: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari and Ang Prinsipeng Duwag, tackling the mythical journeys into self discovery and value formation.  Batang Rizal, under the direction of Dudz Teraña, revisits the notions of heroism and love of country from the point of view of a child.  Shows will be on September 19 to October 12, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.


SAAN BA TAYO IHAHATID NG DISYEMBRE? is the featured play from November 14 to December 7, with Friday performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday performances at 10am and 3pm.  The third of Tony Perez’s trilogy on friendship love and compassion, the play, directed by Nonon Padilla is about the unbreakable love and bonding between best friends and among family members, despite complications of betrayal, jealousy and anger.



The season ends with ADAPTING THE EUROPEAN MASTERS in a pseudo festival that will showcase an end to a ten month project that will take at least forty of our artist be they writers, directors and actors into the study of European playwrights.  Shows from February 6 to March 15, 2009, on Fridays at 2:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm.



Season subscription is available for only PhP1,000.00.  Each subscriber will be entitled to one (1) entry pass to all productions at the Theater Center plus privileges including discounts for up to two (2) companions, regular mail or e-mail updates on the latest happenings in PETA, a subscriber ID and acknowledgment in the souvenir program of all productions.


For more details, contact the PETA Marketing and Public Relations office at The PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC with telephone numbers 4100821 or 7256244, or email petampro@yahoo.com.  Schedules may change without prior notice.

We hope to see you at the PETA Theater Center! :]



Kabataan Crossing: A generation en route to a new path of meaningful expression

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis year’s Dula-Daluyan is titled such… It also briefly describes the thrust of the year’s celebration.

As written in a previous post, the Dula-daluyan festival will feature several activities from conferences and fora, to art workshops and performances, to bazaars and a mini-concert.

Our Festival Events

JumpsART: Artsy, Ready & Go!
/Parade & Opening Program/
Turn the key and step on the gas as we open the festival with a celebration on the street! Watch street performances and join us as we literally paint the concrete with our colors of expression. So what are you waiting for? Don’t just stand and watch on the sidewalk… Step up with us on the road!

Pedestrian Lane
The crossroad of views and ideas: a venue where young people, by age and by heart, can discuss different ways and uses of artistic expression.

ARTstruction Area
/Art Workshops/
Watch the sign, slow down and take part in the construction. This is where we prepare for the smoother drive: rev up the engine and pimp up your style in these workshops exploring the possibilities of expression using the body, the voice, and the mind. Shine the steel and learn the wheels as we construct, reconstruct, re and create. Let’s start the vehicle upgrade!

Drive-Thru ng Sining
What you see beyond the windshield and windows: the image of the world as the youth sees it and an image of the youth for the world to see. Pictures, posters, AVPs and even listening booths that will tell you the story of participating groups’ history, processes, works, views, ideas and dreams. Don’t forget to drive by.

/Art Mart/
One-stop art shops that display product created by the young people for the young people. From paintings to accessories, books to music CDs, even bargain clothes, fashion art, coffee and pasta, it’s all there!

/Main Performances/
Turn your headlights on for the main performances featured for this year’s festival, highlighting the artistic expression of this generation of young people!

/Front Acts/
Partake in free artistic expression! A venue will open for different theatrical, musical, movement and visual performances that anyone from anywhere wants to showcase.

No Dead Ends!
/Closing Ceremonies/
The festival comes to a close but the journey towards meaningful youth expression does not! So before we go on to our separate roads, don’t miss the final stopover shindig to prep us for the longer drive ahead!

Below is the schedule of activities:

December7 December 8 December 9
Morning Opening Parade and Program
Youth Forum
Opening of Art Mart & Exhibit
Theater Performances
Art Workshop
Theater Performance
Art Workshop
Afternoon Main Performance
Art Workshop
Theater Performances
Art Workshop
Art Workshop
Front Acts
Closing Program
Evening Theater Performances Theater Performance Live Band Concert

We are open for participation as well as sponsorship! All kinds of help are welcome so we can make this festival more successful! Call us for more details – 4100821, 7256244 or mobile numbers 0918-9068083 or 0927-7911139.  Email us at petampro@yahoo.com or quengreyles@yahoo.com.

 See you at the festival!

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